Considering what transpired in Kansas City over the weekend, I truly hope everybody puts things in perspective over the holiday season. In a time where who wins the SEC Championship title game or who will be starting at quarterback for the New York Jets this weekend appears to be a matter of utmost importance, we often forget what really matters.
As most of you know, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Jovan Belcher murdered his on-again, off-again girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, also the mother of his three-month old daughter. Later, he turned the gun on himself in front of his Head Coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli at the team’s training complex.
Now what led Belcher to commit these unthinkable acts is beyond comprehension. He appeared to have so many thins going for him. He was named defensive captain after being taken as an undrafted free agent. He was well liked within the organization. The sky was the limit for this young man. Initial reports indicated that the couple was arguing
over her hanging out at a concert after party the night before. Now it had to be more than that. We know that they were going through some difficult times, but for this to lead to murder? The truth is now gone with them and perhaps we will never know, and that may be the best thing.
The one thing we do know is that there is a beautiful baby girl left and she will never know her parents. And she will have to grow up with the stigma of this tragedy. In addition, let’s not forget about the Kansas City Chiefs’ organization, especially Crennel and Pioli, who witnessed Belcher taking his life.
My goddaughter is a freshman at Alabama and she was telling me that folks down there were threatening to jump off a bridge if Bama lost to Georgia this past weekend in the SEC championship game. I know that there is a lot money and prestige involved. But in the grand scheme of things, is it life and death?
And the crazy thing about it is that Belcher’s best friend on the Chiefs, Jamal Charles, introduced him to Perkins. She was Charles’ cousin.
Then you have Mark Sanchez being benched on Sunday. The Jets were looked putrid in their 7-6 victory over the Cardinals. Sanchez was so ineffective that if Rex Ryan did not pull him, people would be questioning the coach’s mindset. Sanchez is a grown man. He will get over his demotion and will have a chance to earn his spot back.
Nothing will bring Belcher or Perkins back.
When you think about it, life will go on whether Alabama wins or loses the national championship. Sanchez will lead a comfortable life if he starts another game or not. Life for some in Kansas City will never be the same.